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Exercise Science

College of Health Sciences

Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

 

Preparing students for healthcare professions

Exercise science is a major that provides students with a strong biological and physical science-based foundation complemented by individual specialty courses in biomechanics, physiology, motor control & development, and athletic training. The major in exercise science is primarily a pre-professional program, preparing students for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, medical and dental school, or advanced graduate training in exercise science. The exercise science program of study is designed to cover all courses needed to apply to graduate physical therapy programs, as well as many courses needed for other health-related graduate programs.  Students not seeking postgraduate training can select career opportunities in health related clinical or research environments.

Students with the goal of attending medical school should visit UD's premedical website for advising and admission information.  There are two distinct pathways by which students can gain admission to a professional school. One is open to all majors and requires just a basic knowledge of science and mathematics. Students taking this option are evaluated by the Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee (HSAEC), which writes a University of Delaware recommendation to medical institutions of the student's choice. Approximately 90% of High Recommend students, 60% of the Recommended with Enthusiasm and 15% of the Recommended attend medical school directly following their graduation from the University of Delaware.

Areas of study

  • Biology & Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics & Motor Control
  • Sports Healthcare
  • Statistics & Research Methods

 

Career & Graduate Pathways 

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical and Dental Programs
  • Advanced graduate training in exercise science

 

 

 

 

 

What's special about this program?

 

The Kinesiology and Applied Physiology Department offers a major in exercise science leading to a Bachelor of Science for students interested in the scientific aspects of human physiology, biomechanics and neuromuscular control. The exercise science major provides students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for careers in the health professions or health sciences, and conducts research that addresses important issues related to human health. This is primarily a pre-professional program, preparing students for subsequent clinical, graduate, or professional programs.

 

The Medical Scholars concentration bridges the divide between science and the cultural needs of the medical profession and prepares students for medical school admission. Most of the graduates of all of these concentrations gain entrance to programs in physical or occupational therapy, medical or dental school, physician assistant programs, prosthetic/orthotic programs, or graduate schools in the exercise science area.

 

Get involved

 

Exercise Science Club
Athletic Training Club
Lori’s Hands
Assistive Medical Technologies group
First Step Grand Challenges program

 

Sample Curriculum

KAAP180

Intro to Exercise Science

 

KAAP105

Seminar in Exercise Science

 

BISC207

Biology I

 

CHEM103

General Chemistry

 

MEDT200

Language of Medicine

 

ENGL110

Critical Reading & Writing

 

PSYC100 

 

General Psychology

BISC208 

 

Biology II

CHEM104 

 

General Chemistry
KAAP309  Human Anatomy & Physiology I
MATH221 

Calculus I

NTDT200 

Nutrition Concepts
KAAP310  Human Anatomy & Physiology II

PHSY201

Physics I
STAT200  Basic Statistical Practice
  Multi-cultural course
  University Breadth
  Electives

PHYS202 

 

Physics II

KAAP353 

Pre-professional seminar

 

KAAP305 

 

Sports Healthcare

 

KAAP430 

 

Exercise Physiology

KAAP426 

 

Biomechanics I

 

University Breadth

 

  Electives

KAAP400 

Research Methods

 

KAAP428 

 

Motor Control & Learning

PSYC325/334

 

 Child or Abnormal Psychology

KAAP434 

 

 

12 LEAD EKG Interpretation

KAAP 301

 

 Motor Development

KAAP475 

Clinical Exercise Physiology

 

KAAP427 

 

Biomechanics II
KAAP440  Topics in Exercise Science